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    Is Speedway still viable in the UK?

    ...Personally I was never convinced that televised meetings particularly attracted people to the sport. In fact I was never sure who the targeted audience was?
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    Celebrity fans

    I remember watching Eddie Kidd perforning a jump on his motor bike at Wood Lane during the interval once.
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    Celebrity fans

    I remember he bought Tony Davey a bike once when news got back to him that Tony was having difficulties raising cash for a new bike after experiencing machinery problems (1978?)
  4. Dag recently visited Cowley Stadium and lent his support to the saving of the stadium from re-development.
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    Dag Lovaas at Cowley Stadium

    Rather ironic that of all the tracks that Dag appeared for (Reading - Tilehurst, Hackney, Oxford & White City) Newcastle is the only one that stages speedway today! Sign of the times I suppose.
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    Simmo how is he remembered?

    ...he wasn't the only one. Remember Peter Collins not appearing at Somerton Park in 1976. He was due to appear there the day after Tommy Jansson was killed and didn't fancy riding on what he thought was a dangerous track.
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    Speedway Star and WH Smith

    ...a bit like some of the posters and posts on BSF!
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    Good luck Robbo

    I endorse that sentiment...showing my age but I remember his father, John, riding!
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    Celebrity fans

    Acker Bilk was once a Director at Oxford Speedway.....probably more of a Dave Lanning publicity stunt!
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    Speedway Star and WH Smith

    Oh well...that's me finished snooping around the shelves of Smiths taking a peak at 'The Star!'
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    Current league riders who started in the 80s?

    Greg Hancock?
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    St Austell

    One track I never got to visit despite holidaying in Cornwall when it was operating...I was on the opposite coastline the night that they were running if I remember correctly. Seen it on DVD and looked to be a super track within a very strange 'moon like' setting!
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    Lakeside memories

    Remember my visit to Arena Essex (1984) and being fascinated by the lack of a safety fence. It was one of a kind. Recall seeing the track marshals having to quickly dismantle the starting gate before the riders commenced lap two! I seem to remember some riders (Barry Thomas in particular) disliking the fact that there was no fence as it offered no physical barrier and/or guideline as to where the outside of the track lay. I saw a number of riders running off the track as they tried to negotiate the tight bends.
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    Is Speedway still viable in the UK?

    One time speedway and grass track rider, Reg Luckhurst (father of Jamie and Jeremy), was quoted as saying same in the latest edition of 'Backtrack'!
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    Unfair advantage - starting gates

    I recall Ole Olsen suggesting this in an interview he gave to 'Backtrack' some years ago.
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    Oxford Speedway Books

    I've just acquired two speedway publications by one-time Oxford track photographer Keith Lawson. "Rebels 1975 - The Last Season" "The Cheetahs 1976 - The Resurrection" They are full of photos, statistics and anecdotes from a period that changed the face at Cowley when it was thought that speedway would be lost but due to the efforts of many it was saved...sounds familiar although this time round I personally feel circumstances are very different and I have grave doubts about the sport ever returning to Cowley. Both books compliment each other and are worth purchasing.
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    Oxford Speedway Books

    ...Have to investigate that one. Maybe some interesting anecdotes regarding 'The Budgies' and on how we often got the better of them! By the way there's another book about Oxford from the same author being put together as I write. Watch this space!
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    BBC Sports Personality Stitch Up

    ...Despite it's many failings I'd personally rather watch the BBC than many of the commercial stations that continually, and at great regularity, ram adverts than one's throat. The number of times I've ceased to watch a programme on ITV or any of the 'free view' stations because of banal interruptions... and before anyone asks I don't have a playback facility preferring to watch my vast collection of DVDs instead as TV I generally find rather mundane nowadays especially when inundated with sport events that saturate the listings!
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    Simmo how is he remembered?

    Worth reading Reg Fearman's book, Sid, to get Reg's side of the story.
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    Unfair advantage - starting gates

    ...Interesting interview with Tony Lomas in the latest 'Backtrack' magazine where he talks about his prowess from the gate. Apparently during his day job testing motorbikes he would practice throttle and clutch control on the road from a standing start and put those skills into practice when on his speedway bike. It helped with traction and not creating too much rear wheel spin.
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    Simmo how is he remembered?

    I seem to remember that King's Lynn used him as a doubling up rider before the powers that be decided to move the goalposts mid-season and denied 'old hands' from riding in the top league?
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    Unfair advantage - starting gates

    ...always thought alternate gates were fairer. When the fixed gates came in depending on which team they either had three out of four inside gates or outside gates in succession depending on who won the toss and of course with the dirt moving out as the meeting progressed gave an unfair advantage in my opinion.
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    Simmo how is he remembered?

    ...slightly different scenario but I remember Steve Lomas dropping points (feigned engine failure?) when on a potential heat advantage thus moving Hackney into a six point lead but his subsequent action (Len Silver inspired 'allegedly') denied the opposing team to utilise a Tac Sub in the following race.
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    Simmo how is he remembered?

    ...Yes I recall Oxford wanting to sign Gordon whose converted average was deemed just too high. He would have made a good a signing and would have pleased many 'old time' Oxford fans!
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    Simmo how is he remembered?

    John Dews couldn't adapt to White City when 'The Rebels' moved to Wood Lane and would have been a very able number one for 'The Cheetahs' in 1976 but his average was deemed too high and he subsequently retired.
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